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Welcome to our blog – The Bottom Line, where you’ll find up-to-date commentary and analysis on the most important news in the fiscal world. Below is a list of our blog posts.

Jun 6, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Reset the Fiscal Debate, But Towards a Comprehensive Fiscal Plan

In a new paper, the Center for American Progress's Michael Linden makes the case for resetting the fiscal debate. His main point is that given...
Jun 5, 2013 | Health Care

A Closer Look at the Medicare Actuary's Alternative Medicare Projections

Earlier this week, we discussed the new Medicare Trustees projections which project that the Hospital Insurance (HI, or Part A) trust fund will be...
Jun 5, 2013 | Social Security

Taking The Reformer For a Spin

CRFB's latest interactive tool "The Reformer" is a handy game that allows users to design their own Social Security plan. Users can...
Jun 5, 2013 | Social Security

Event Recap: Challenges Facing Social Security

Update: The video has now been posted. Today, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Mercatus Center, and Third Way held an event...
Jun 4, 2013

MY VIEW: Marc Goldwein

The new Social Security Trustees Report leaves us another year closer to the trust fund's insolvency and the takeaway remains the same - we do not...
Jun 4, 2013

CRFB's Social Security Reformer

CRFB's latest interactive tool "The Reformer" is a handy game that allows users to design their own Social Security plan. Users can...
Jun 3, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Gale on Deficit Optimism

As we've said before, while the new budget projections from the CBO are an encouraging sign, it is easy to be overly optimistic about what the...
Jun 3, 2013 | Health Care

Medicare Trust Fund Exhaustion Now Set for 2026

Along with their report on the financial status of the Social Security trust fund, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees on Friday released a...
May 31, 2013 | Taxes

Senate Finance Committee Looks at Economic Security Provisions

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee released a seventh report in a series of papers examining the federal tax code and options for comprehensive...
May 31, 2013

Line Items: Grilling Edition

Grilling Time – It’s that time of year when the grills get fired up. There’s been grilling on Capitol Hill as well, with government...
May 31, 2013 | Social Security

Social Security Trustees Release Latest Projections

Today, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released their annual reports with projections of the finances of both programs. The bottom lines of...

WATCH: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Release Their Reports

At 11 AM Eastern time, the Social Security and Medicare trustees will release their respective reports on the finances of the two programs over the...
May 30, 2013

An Update of the Fiscal Speed Bumps on the Horizon

Earlier today, CRFB took a look at two of the biggest "fiscal speed bumps" remaining for the year, the exhaustion of extraordinary measures...
May 30, 2013

Introducing the Latest CRFB Realistic Baseline

In our paper, "What We Expect From the Upcoming Fiscal Discussions," we referenced our latest official CRFB Realistic baseline. Although we...
May 30, 2013 | Budget Process

CRFB Looks Toward the Upcoming Fiscal Discussions

On May 19, the debt ceiling was reinstated as the Treasury Department began to use extraordinary measures to prevent running up against the debt...
May 29, 2013 | Taxes

CBO Releases Analysis of the Distributional Impact of Tax Expenditures

The CBO released a paper today analyzing the distributional impact of major tax expenditures on the individual side of the tax code. Considering...
May 29, 2013 | Taxes

Tyson on Retirement Savings and Tax Provisions

Today, in a Project Syndicate piece, Laura Tyson examines the state of retirement saving in the U.S. and argues that many retirement saving tax...

The Economist on Entitlement Reform

Notwithstanding the recent short-term progress in reducing the deficit, our long-term debt outlook remains a problem. Although additional revenue...
May 28, 2013 | Health Care

Energy and Commerce Dips Its Toe Into the SGR Pool

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee took a small step in the process to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula -- Medicare's...
May 28, 2013 | Social Security

6/4 Event: "Challenges Facing Social Security"

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees will issue their latest report, showing the finances of the two programs and their related trust...

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